LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– Sixty-three high school marching bands competed for top marks at the 2018 Arkansas State Marching Band Contest, on Monday.  

 Each school brought a unique theme to their performances, choreographed to music. Flutes, trumpets, tubas, snare drums other instruments were featured, as well as color guard performers. 

The aim was to impress five judges. The bands showcased their best musical and visual performance with schools competing for 1st Place in Class or 1st Division Marching Ensemble.  

With school funding for the arts getting less and less across the country, Julia Reynolds, executive secretary for the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association (ASBOA), says she feels competitions such as these are even more important than ever.  

“It’s been proven that being a music student improves your math sores, your reading scores, you’re actually learning to read a new language,” said Reynolds. “Students are judged but also given feedback by five skilled professionals from throughout the country.”  

High school band students will compete Monday and Tuesday at War Memorial Stadium from all across Arkansas for an opportunity to showcase their talent and skills. 

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